Anthony Driver was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and is a proud graduate of the Chicago Public School system. Driver was raised to value hard work, community, and civic engagement. His mother is a long time City of Chicago employee (OEMC) and his father is a carpenter and contractor by trade. Both parents are active members of their respective labor unions and instilled their core values in Driver at a young age. Driver’s grandparents are both pillars of the Back of the Yards community. His grandmother is a retired Chicago Board of Education employee and has served as an Elections Judge for more than 30 years. His grandfather spent over 30 years working for the City Water Department and is a former Precinct Captain in the ward.
Growing up Driver had a chance to experience both the best and the worst that the city had to offer. In 2011 after a series of business plan competitions, he was selected as the Ernst & Young “Young Entrepreneur of the Year.” Unfortunately, the joy of this accomplishment would be short lived by the loss of two close friends to gun violence that same year. Those tragic incidents powered Anthony’s ambition to make a positive impact on his community.
In the wake of personal tragedy, Driver went on to attend Howard University (B.A. Political Science) and immerse himself in politics in the Nation's Capital. It was here at the Capstone of Black education that Driver would hone his skills as a leader and activist. While in DC, he had the opportunity to work with many congressional and business leaders on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to restoring voting rights protections. It was during that time that he developed a passion for activism and policy. While spending time as a Policy Fellow at the Estell Group, the first and only national government relations firm that is owned by a Black woman in Washington DC, Driver learned the importance of diversity and advocacy at the highest level. Locally, he has worked with many civic and governmental organizations, including the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, to combat gun violence and poverty in the Black community.
As a passionate advocate and fourth generation resident of this community, Anthony Driver is now ready to use his talent to serve the people of the 20th Ward as a candidate seeking public office.